Our Story...

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world.

Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead

In 1973, Rebecca Lowry, a local school teacher, started voicing her concerns about the children that were coming to school hungry. Difficulties loomed over the local economy, the needs of the community and the number of children living in poverty began to grow. It is from this deep concern that Ms. Lowry formed a steering committee and together birthed the humble beginnings of what was soon to become, GRASP.  Ms. Lowry alongside her committee began addressing the issues of local poverty and providing nutrition to local children and their families who had the greatest of needs. 

Today, that need is evident more than ever as the median family house-hold income in Great Falls, according to the US Census Bureau is $27,887 annually - that is $31,152 below the national average of $59,039, leaving more than half of the population residing under Federal Poverty levels. 

GRASP's mission, for over forty years has always been to provide immediate assistance to families and individuals in need that live in the area served by Great Falls schools.  Today we have also added prevention and educational programs as well as prescription medication aid, financial literacy classes and a thrift store slated to open mid 2018.


In the early years,GRASP services were provided by volunteers out of their homes or churches via word of mouth or phone calls. In today's busy, digital society, the smooth operation of yesteryears phone tree and committee availability quickly became obsolete with the need to accommodate more families.  It became evident that a central and physical location where clients could come, complete applications, meet with someone face to face and receive services was necessary.  In 2015, the GRASP Crisis Relief Center was opened and the client base continues to rise. GRASP now has several programs to assist families and works fervently to continue breaking down the barriers of sustainability and rural poverty and economic disparities. 

We are pleased to announce the opening of 


Thrift Shop!!!

The thrift shop is located at: 

601 Dearborn St.

Great Falls, SC 29055

Please call with any questions: 803-374-6089

Currently accepting new & gently used donations

Store Manager: 

Voncile Bowden

Our goal is to make a significant impact on not only our clients, but the community as a whole.

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Our mission is to provide service, referrals and assistance to the people in our community in a Christ like way. 


802 Dearborn St

Great Falls, SC 29055


Mail to: 


PO Box 424

Great Falls, SC 29055




Non-Discrimination Statement

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(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.